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Which Mobile Internet Device is Best?

If you have only 1 computer and won’t be sharing your connection, then all you need is a Mobile Internet Card or USB modem. The USB modems are the most versatile since you can use them in almost any computer. Some of them, like the Verizon USB760, even have the software and drivers preloaded on the device eliminating the need for a CD.

If you have 2 or more computers that need to share a Connection, then you have 2 choices: (See Video: Novatel MiFi 2200 & USB Modem Comparison)

  1. Mobile Internet Card or USB Modem and Mobile Router Combo
  2. Novatel MiFi 2200 Mobile Internet Hotspot

Of these 2 choices, which is the best solution? That really depends on your needs.

  • How many devices will you be connecting?
  • Do any of your devices need to be directly connected via Ethernet cable?
  • What is the distance between the computers and mobile router/MiFi?
  • Do you need total portability – battery vs. wall or vehicle outlet?
  • Do you need fail-over protection to ensure your business stays connected?
  • Will you be using more than 1 Mobile Internet Card or Modem at the same time?

Based on the answers to the above questions, it is fairly easy to determine which device or combo best fits your needs. Here is a breakdown of the top 3 solutions:

  • Novatel MiFi 2200
    • Connect up to 5 devices
    • No Ethernet port
    • Up to 30ft range
    • Battery with 2-4 hr usage time
  • Cradlepoint CTR500 & USB Modem or ExpressCard
    • Connect up to 16 devices
    • Works with most USB modems & Expresscards
    • 1 WAN / LAN port
    • WiFi Range is 50+ feet
    • Load balancing for using more than 1 modem
    • Signal Strength Display
    • External Antenna port
    • Includes Car Adapter
    • Includes Domestic & International Wall Adapters
  • Cradlepoint MBR1000 & USB Modem or ExpressCard
    • Connect up to 32 devices
    • Works with most USB modems & Expresscards
    • 1 WAN port for Cable/DSL
    • 4 Ethernet ports
    • WiFi Range is 200+ feet
    • Load balancing for using more than 1 modem
    • Fail-over protection with Cable/DSL or another Mobile Internet Card or Modem
    • Car Adapter available separately

The best device is the one that best fits your needs. If mobile Internet is available in your area, there is a solution for you.

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